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(WFAA Fort Worth)   Six Flags to Wounded War Vet: You can't ride the roller coasters without "one functional leg and one functional arm," and you can't have your money back. But here are two free tickets in case you want to come back again   (wfaa.com) divider line 90
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2014-03-16 12:16:29 PM  
It is a safety and insurance issue. They should have refunded his money or had him sing a wavier.
 
2014-03-16 12:17:21 PM  
Sign a waiver. Or sing too whatever.
 
2014-03-16 12:55:04 PM  
Done in two.

/being a vet gives you as lot of props from me, but it's not a crutch if things don't go your way
 
2014-03-16 01:22:06 PM  
You have to have one functional arm for what? Waving over your head and not hanging on?
 
2014-03-16 01:38:28 PM  
Wounded war vet goes on ride at Six Flags, is injured, sues the living crap out of Six Flags since they should have known he'd be injured and should have prevented him from riding.
 
2014-03-16 01:52:32 PM  

propasaurus: Wounded war vet goes on ride at Six Flags, is injured, sues the living crap out of Six Flags since they should have known he'd be injured and should have prevented him from riding.



I don't think anybody has a problem with keeping him off the ride, but failing to refund the ticket (while possibly justifiable in a strict logical/legal sense) was an unwise move that makes six flags look like dicks.


Six Flags explained its policy this way:
"As a first option, we do offer our guests the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the day and the attractions they are able to experience, and in addition, offer complementary tickets to also visit on another day, now that they know which attractions they may ride. If our guests do not find that option acceptable, then our team can offer a full refund.
"We will make sure our new team members are aware of all of these service recovery options so we can continue to take care of our guests."



Yeah, it looks like either they didn't train their staff well enough or decided on an instant policy change when the media got involved.

Meh.


"It got so frustrating that I broke down in front of my daughter and cried," Jackel said.

** Sigh **

That's just... Embarrassing.
 
2014-03-16 02:33:55 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You have to have one functional arm for what? Waving over your head and not hanging on?


It doesn't matter that most of us don't hang on. We CAN hold on if something happens. If your body starts floating up or your head is banging against a brace you can hold on. If you don't have arms you can't.
 
2014-03-16 02:57:16 PM  
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2014-03-16 02:57:42 PM  
 
2014-03-16 03:02:18 PM  
It look like lieutenant dan has magic legs. They were probably concerned about him losing the prosthetics on the coaster. They probably weren't designed with lateral g-forces in mind.
 
2014-03-16 03:02:24 PM  
Dude, they were just trying to keep you alive. I appreciate your service. Perhaps counseling would be beneficial.
 
2014-03-16 03:03:27 PM  

Jeep2011: It is a safety and insurance issue. They should have refunded his money or had him sing a wavier.


The ride manufacturer sets the rules, not the park. The park's mistake is waiving the rule because of screaming guests who threaten to sue. Do it once, and you have to keep doing it. Then you get a tragedy that could have been avoided if people had only stopped to think, which, alas, will never happen.
 
2014-03-16 03:05:54 PM  
And bringing up the war vet bit is just appealing to emotion, which is one of the WORST things that can be done. I feel sorry for him, but the incident up in New England should have been a big notice for everyone.
 
2014-03-16 03:06:20 PM  
Vet survives IED explosion but Six Flags finished him off.  Thanks Obama!
 
2014-03-16 03:08:21 PM  
The amusement park recommends that guests with special needs visit their website to review policies before visiting.

How about you just quit being dicks and let the guy go on the rides? Does that work for you?

/Why the fark do you need arms or legs to ride a roller coaster?
 
2014-03-16 03:09:08 PM  
Does anyone else think it's kind of stupid that the guy had to pay to enter the park in the first place?
 
2014-03-16 03:10:30 PM  

Jeep2011: It is a safety and insurance issue. They should have refunded his money or had him sing a wavier.


I promise not to sue you......fa-la-la.......I truly doo-oooo.....fa-la-la-la.
There, dammitall.
 
2014-03-16 03:11:02 PM  

abhorrent1: The amusement park recommends that guests with special needs visit their website to review policies before visiting.

How about you just quit being dicks and let the guy go on the rides? Does that work for you?

/Why the fark do you need arms or legs to ride a roller coaster?


*insert joke about Mat and Bob here*
 
2014-03-16 03:13:20 PM  

iheartscotch: It look like lieutenant dan has magic legs. They were probably concerned about him losing the prosthetics on the coaster. They probably weren't designed with lateral g-forces in mind.


It's not so much the lateral g-forces as the negative ones. Without at least one leg, he's effectively unrestrained in a lap seatbelt. Though if he's got a least half a thigh, he's should be good to go.
 
2014-03-16 03:14:27 PM  

scottydoesntknow: [media3.giphy.com image 500x330]


Is that Freddy Krueger dancing?
 
2014-03-16 03:14:37 PM  

abhorrent1: The amusement park recommends that guests with special needs visit their website to review policies before visiting.

How about you just quit being dicks and let the guy go on the rides? Does that work for you?

/Why the fark do you need arms or legs to ride a roller coaster?



Really???   Kick that question around for a minute and think 8th grade science.
 
2014-03-16 03:16:57 PM  
Those free tickets aren't to be taken lightly.  They cost an arm and a leg!
 
2014-03-16 03:17:06 PM  
Riche: 
"It got so frustrating that I broke down in front of my daughter and cried," Jackel said.

** Sigh **

That's just... Embarrassing.


Hahahahaha....
 
2014-03-16 03:17:36 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You have to have one functional arm for what? Waving over your head and not hanging on?


The boomerang has a harness style restraint that works by clamping you into place by your chest, locking your arms in, and locking your legs in.  If you don't have arms and legs firmly locked into place you can slip out.  This is also the reason really fat people can't ride.  Fat can't be firmly locked into place (under enough pressure it slides around under your skin), which means that a fat person could slip out of the ride as the harness is locked far away from their bodies and their fat deforms.
 
2014-03-16 03:18:30 PM  
"But there are 5 of us."

"Here are TWO free passes."

"That's better."
 
2014-03-16 03:21:52 PM  
"Functional" arms and legs? Hmm, If I kick your ass in front of all these people, would that qualify? If it doesn't let me know, I've got some bullets to soak in pigs blood, Rahim.
 
2014-03-16 03:26:27 PM  

Ex-Texan: "Functional" arms and legs? Hmm, If I kick your ass in front of all these people, would that qualify? If it doesn't let me know, I've got some bullets to soak in pigs blood, Rahim.


furiousfanboys.com
 
Al!
2014-03-16 03:26:41 PM  

SauronWasFramed: because no double amputee was ever flung to his death while riding a rollercoaster at 50 mph


This.  Although, as usual for the Daily Fail, that article is grossly incorrect.  I made it as far as "Syracuse."Darien Lake is in Darien Center, NY, some 4-5 hours drive from Syracuse.  It's a very short drive from Buffalo, which makes it even worse since Rochester is also quite a bit closer.  They couldn't even get the closest city right.
 
2014-03-16 03:27:37 PM  
Hopefully when he uses the passes, he'll make sure to have a functional leg for the new Six Flags ride "The I.E.D. Experience"
 
2014-03-16 03:31:36 PM  

Jeep2011: Sign a waiver. Or sing too whatever.


Probably had trouble signing without functional arms or legs. But I wonder if he could ring a doorbell.
 
2014-03-16 03:34:27 PM  

Jeep2011: It is a safety and insurance issue. They should have refunded his money or had him sing a wavier.


And take a little extra insurance to cover the cleanup

Guy is an attention whore
 
2014-03-16 03:34:28 PM  
Nobody needs your opinion on this. YOU WEREN'T THERE!
 
2014-03-16 03:35:27 PM  

Dear Jerk: Nobody needs your opinion on this. YOU WEREN'T THERE!


I've been there
 
2014-03-16 03:35:37 PM  
Six Flags has probably killed more Americans than he ever could have. They're now content with just pissing them off.
 
2014-03-16 03:37:34 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: "But there are 5 of us."

"Here are TWO free passes."

"That's better."


Leaving satisfied.
 
2014-03-16 03:37:39 PM  

Fano: Jeep2011: Sign a waiver. Or sing too whatever.

Probably had trouble signing without functional arms or legs. But I wonder if he could ring a doorbell.


He's got both his arms, but lost both his legs (which were replaced with prosthetics).
 
2014-03-16 03:37:47 PM  

Meisaims: Dude, they were just trying to keep you alive. I appreciate your service. Perhaps counseling would be beneficial.


I was looking for a "this" to put my two cents in.

Look, man. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I can't begin to know what you've been through. No doubt you have been through many surgeries and physical therapy sessions. At some point in this process you must have realized that there are simply things that you won't ever be able to do again. Riding a roller coaster, or at least this one, is one of them. I'm sure there are other rides there that you can share with your daughter.

You're alive, you have a daughter who loves you, and hopefully a lot of other family there for you. There's a lot of living left to do, do us a favor and spend a long life with them.  There are many things you can do together.

/The park should've handled it better, that's true and hopefully it will be rectified.
 
2014-03-16 03:39:38 PM  

enry: Done in two.

/being a vet gives you as lot of props from me, but it's not a crutch if things don't go your way


Oddly enough just yesterday I ran into a double amputee I met two years ago when I visited Camp Lenuene.

I guarantee you his two magic legs wouldn't be an issue on any rides. And he wouldn't use his magic legs as some form of crutch to get anything others don't deserve. Very much the opposite.
 
2014-03-16 03:43:49 PM  

Fano: abhorrent1: The amusement park recommends that guests with special needs visit their website to review policies before visiting.

How about you just quit being dicks and let the guy go on the rides? Does that work for you?

/Why the fark do you need arms or legs to ride a roller coaster?

*insert joke about Mat and Bob here*


And Art, Russell, Phil, Jack, John, Mike...
 
2014-03-16 03:44:06 PM  

Ex-Texan: "Functional" arms and legs? Hmm, If I kick your ass in front of all these people, would that qualify? If it doesn't let me know, I've got some bullets to soak in pigs blood, Rahim.


+1

/posted from American Legion Post 127, Buford, Ga
 
2014-03-16 03:47:40 PM  
No matter how silly my posts are, I can always count on at least a couple of people taking me seriously

/bless your hearts
 
2014-03-16 03:49:30 PM  
How can all of you guys get worked up about a safety or insurance issue?

Six flags is huge, it;s not like it is the only thing there.  So yea, most people would put those other tickets to use.
 
2014-03-16 03:50:00 PM  

abhorrent1: The amusement park recommends that guests with special needs visit their website to review policies before visiting.

How about you just quit being dicks and let the guy go on the rides? Does that work for you?

/Why the fark do you need arms or legs to ride a roller coaster?


Because roller coasters occasionally have problems that require unloading trains in other places than the station. It's already a stressful situation having fully-limbed adults and kids walking on catwalks and down maintenance steps. They probably don't want the added liability of having to handle a rider that's missing a couple of limbs.

While this guy might have been capable of handling himself, many others possibly couldn't, so it's easier to have the policy applied to everyone rather that have to deal with it on a case-by-case basis.
 
2014-03-16 03:52:09 PM  

scottydoesntknow:


Fun fact: old six flags man is a girl
 
2014-03-16 03:52:24 PM  
cdn2-b.examiner.com

Family wishes they had a girth rule.

/or not, after the lawsuit victory
 
2014-03-16 03:53:18 PM  
I did find the guidelines in just a couple of clicks, and while I had to look beyond the big "Buy you Tickets" buttons it wasn't hard.  But while they were quite clear as well I think the gate staff should be trained to mention the rules (or give them a paper copy) to customers who might not know since obviously the ride staff were trained.  Even today not everyone is web savvy and looks for the web page first, many people just see the commercial and think "fun" and go.
 
2014-03-16 03:53:51 PM  

NoahFenze: scottydoesntknow:

Fun fact: old six flags man is a girl


Kinky
 
2014-03-16 03:57:29 PM  
 
2014-03-16 03:59:17 PM  

The hopeless imp: Though if he's got a least half a thigh, he's should be good to go.


and he's got a lot more than that.
 
2014-03-16 04:03:31 PM  
So sad. This means that a new roller coaster will never be christened by Def Leppard.
 
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